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Documenting the Human Spirit: Orlando von Einsiedel on Filmmaking, Conflict, and Belonging

In this season finale of Belongings, embark on an emotional voyage with Orlando von Einsiedel, an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker whose work in capturing the raw human experience in war-torn regions has reshaped our understanding of home and belonging. Through intimate conversation, Orlando opens up about the deep emotional bonds that he forms with his subjects;…

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Syrian Refugee Support: Journey into Understanding

Join us for an emotional clip of resilience, empowerment, and humanity as we traverse through stories of Syrian refugees, with special guest Rose McCal, Karam Foundation’s Director of Philanthropy. Full episode to be released soon. To support Syrian refugees, visit KaramFoundation.org

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Triumph Over Tremors: A Post Earthquake Story

When the earth literally shakes beneath your feet, your sense of home and belonging can be deeply affected. Assalah, a Syrian refugee and valued member of the Karam House team, knows this reality all too well. She recounts the tremors of the February earthquakes that left her homeless, painting a vivid picture of a life…

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REPUBLISHED: Belonging, Activism, and the Struggle for Liberation: A Conversation with Lara Elborno and Lama

In light of recent events, we republish our episode with Lara Elborno, an international lawyer and creator of the Palestine Pod. Together, Lina and Lara discuss the complexities of activism, the concept of belonging, and the struggle for Palestine liberation. Then, from Karam House Istanbul, team member Lama recalls her Damascus memories and how connecting…

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Exploring Cultural Identity with Omar Offendum and Maram: A Journey Through Little Syria and Beyond

Get ready to step into the captivating mind of Syrian-American rapper and spoken word artist Omar Offendum. From the intersections of hip-hop and Arabic poetry to his architectural influences, Omar’s unique perspective and storytelling invite you on an inspiring journey through culture, identity, and history. The second part of our episode introduces us to a…

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Understanding Belonging through Design and Displacement: A Conversation with Abeer Seikaly and Yousef Yousef

Brace yourself for a journey of exploration into the realms of belonging, home, and identity with Lina’s dear friend Abeer Seikaly, a brilliant figure known for her innovative work in architecture, design, and cultural production. This episode is a trove of insights as they discuss Abeer’s extraordinary journey with the Bedouin communities in Jordan, her…

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Navigating Polyculturalism and the Healing Power of Art with Jamil Khoury and Majd

In this episode, Lina and co-founder and executive director of Silk Road Rising Theatre, explore the intriguing concept of belonging. With Jamil’s progressive, polyculturalist perspective, the two navigated through complex subjects like cultural evolution, the power of dialogue, and the significance of cultural exchange as a means of finding belonging.Then from Karam House Istanbul, Lina…

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Creating a Sense of Belonging: Insights from Renn Vara on Ethical Leadership and the Power of Education

I’ve always believed that belonging is a fundamental human need, but it took my conversation with Renn Vara to fully understand its magnitude and depth. Renn’s insights, formed from years of working with Silicon Valley tech companies, shed light on how the idea of belonging influenced Airbnb’s branding journey and how it’s a gift we…

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Advocacy, Storytelling, and Healing with Waad Al-Kateab and Mohammad

In this season finale, Lina is joined by journalist, filmmaker, activist, and special friend Waad Al-Kateab. They discuss the challenges of grieving as a refugee and the guilt around feeling sad for leaving Syria. They touch on the importance of allowing ourselves to mourn, while recognizing the privilege of being able to do so. Waad…

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Belonging, Activism, and the Struggle for Liberation: A Conversation with Lara Elborno and Lama

In this episode, Lina is joined by Lara Elborno, an international lawyer and creator of the Palestine Pod. Together, they discuss the complexities of activism, the concept of belonging, and the struggle for Palestine liberation. Then, from Karam House Istanbul, team member Lama recalls her Damascus memories and how connecting with the community makes her…

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